Figurehead of the Janet Hay
Janet Hay (and later also the Columbine).
© Shetland Museum
Photo: © Shetland Museum
Female bust, reputedly a portrait of a woman of the Hay family.
H85 x W50 cms
The figurehead was carved in Hay's building yard at Freefield for their topsail schooner 'Janet Hay', built there and launched in 1839. The 'Janet Hay' traveled widely, even visiting Scutari in the Black Sea with a cargo of army stores during the Crimean war. She also fished cod in the Davis Strait for a time. The vessel was broken up in 1880 at Freefield by some of the same men who built her, after which the figurehead was placed on another of Hay's schooners, the 'Columbine' where it remained for the rest of her career.
Shetland Museum, Hay's Dock, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0WP
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